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Taken Away

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Why do we become angry when something in our possession is taken away or is destroyed? Usually it is because we view the things in our possession as belonging to us. They are ours. Therefore, when we lose the use of them we consider it as harm done to ourselves.

But do we really own anything? What do we have that we can truly say we have created from nothing and, therefore, is ours exclusively? We might say, “It is mine because I bought it with my hard-earned money!” Or we might say, “This book is mine because I wrote it!” All this is is true. Yet, in reality the ability to earn money to purchase things and the mind to create things does not come from within ourselves, but from God. Everything we have, ultimately comes from the One who gave it to us. The Apostle Paul asks an important question, “...What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:7 NIV)

If everything we have we have received from God, then we are not the true owners of what we have in our possession. Instead, we are stewards. It is our duty to maintain and take care of what we have because it really belongs to another. It is our responsibility to use what we have as He directs. It is true that God gives us many things for our enjoyment – but it still belongs to Him, not us. He is the One who directs how He wishes us to use the property and abilities He has granted us.

There is another side to this. If God allows us to possess what we have, He also has the right to take it back. This realization helps us to have a different attitude concerning loss. If we have been faithful in caring for the things God has entrusted to us, there is no reason for us to become upset if He takes back His own property.

The Prophet Job is a wonderful example to us of what our attitude should be. He lost all his wealth, his health and even his family. Yet in the face of total catastrophe he was able to say, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21 NIV)

Can we, like Job, praise God when we lose everything? If not then, perhaps, we have not learned the lesson of who truly owns our possessions.